Jan 04, 1935 - Oct 30, 2023
Patricia Ann Wells
May 09, 1927 - Feb 10, 2024
Patricia Ann Wells May 9, 1927 – February 10, 2024 Patricia Ann Wells, age 96, peacefully passed away at Cypress Assistant Living in Anacortes, WA on February 10, 2024. Patricia was born in Watford, North Dakota on May 9th, 1927. She was adopted by Lawrence and Hope Klotz from the Medina Baby Home in Seattle, WA on October 6, 1927. She spent her formative years in Seattle. On September 9th, 1949, Patricia married Sterling DeLaine Wells. Their union began after meeting on a blind date at the Woodland Park Zoo in April 1949. At the time, Sterling was stationed at the Sand Point Naval Air Station. Sterling served honorably in the Navy for 21 years, and their shared journey led them to various states across the country, including Hawaii. They established their home on Whidbey Island in 1957. Patricia demonstrated wonderful abilities in homemaking, establishing an inviting ambiance in her household that evolved into a beloved gathering place for friends and family. It was a sanctuary for many, abounding with laughter and cherished memories. As we say our final goodbye, we remember her with love and gratitude. May she rest in tranquility, her legacy enduring. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Hope Klotz and husband, Sterling D. Wells. She is survived by her four sons and one daughter; Sterling A. Wells of Tacoma, Lawrence D. Wells of Fallon, Nev., Leslie A. Wells of Oak Harbor, Marcus W. Wells of Leavenworth, and Shellie A. Wells of Henderson, Nev. Eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren also survive. A private graveside service will be held at Maple Leaf Cemetery on February 24, 2024.
Sep 22, 1962 - Feb 09, 2024
Rick Skillman passed away suddenly on February 9th, 2024 at 61 years old. He was a hard working man, a loyal friend and a beloved son, brother, father, uncle and papa. He lived his life to the fullest and he will be missed greatly by his many family members and friends. Rick was born on September 22, 1962 in Anacortes to Tom and Norma Skillman where he was raised alongside his 3 brothers. After graduating in 1980 he fished in Alaska until 1993 when he started his own residential and commercial painting business. The pride he took in the quality of his work as a perfectionist was reflected in the great success of his business. He married and had two daughters who he worked very hard to provide an abundant life for. He also loved to support and watch his nieces and nephews at their basketball games and dirt bike races. Rick loved his time spent hunting, fishing and crabbing with his buddies, shredding the mountains on a snowmobile, going on camping trips with family and long drives with good music blasting.Rick is survived by his parents Tom and Norma Skillman, his brothers Pat (Lori), Randy (Lisa), and Todd (Debby), nieces and nephews Stephani, Cory, Randal, Kyle and Nollan, his daughters Kayla (Phil) and Carly (Matt) and his grandchildren who were the light of his life Christian, Harrison, Marley and Carson along with many friends who Rick considered to be family. A celebration of life will be held with family and friends to remember Rick who was a one of a kind and left us too soon. Please contact Carly (360) 982-6292 or Kayla (360) 298-6059 for more information. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Rick Skillman, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
John (Gene) Walton
Oct 09, 1930 - Feb 18, 2024
John was born in Seattle and lived his youth in Anacortes. He went to Nelson Grade School his first year and then his family moved to Sharps Corner where he attended Fidalgo Grade School. He graduated from Anacortes High School in 1948. When John was 15 years old, he started working for Fisherman’s Pack during the salmon season. After graduation from high school, he decided to try salmon fishing in Alaska. He then attended Skagit Valley College and later transferred to Washington State College. While attending WSU his draft number came to the top of the list, so he joined the army. After his training he was stationed in Alaska where he was part of the Secret Code Department during the Korean War.After John served his Army duties, he returned to Anacortes and worked in the Anacortes Pulp Mill. After a year he and his brother Bill decided to go mining for uranium in Utah. However, they did not strike it rich and so the two men returned home. John’s next move was to go back to college on the GI Bill. He graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. After searching for a job in his field of choice proved unsuccessful, he tried real estate. It was at this time he married his wife, Violet. Deciding real estate was not the career path he wanted to take, he returned to college and got a degree in education. In the spring of 1960 both John and his wife were hired by the Mount Vernon School District. John discovered he loved teaching and taught sixth grade and coached the boys’ basketball team at Madison Grade School for 31 years. John’s love of basketball also led him to be the announcer of Mount Vernon High School’s varsity basketball games for twenty-five years.John leaves behind his wife Violet, daughters Karen (Barry), Norene (Jim), granddaughter Autumn and grandson Joe. To share memories of John, please visit Evans Funeral Chapel website https://www.evanschapel.com/obituary/john-waltonTo plant Memorial Trees in memory of John (Gene) Walton, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Robert Dee Blackwell
May 06, 1966 - Feb 12, 2024
Robert Dee Blackwell (57) passed away peacefully Feb 12, 2024, with his brother and sister-in-law at his side.Robbie D was born May 6, 1966, at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, WA. Growing up Rob and his family lived in Burlington, WA. He attended Roosevelt Elementary (k-3), Lucille Umbarger Elementary (4-8) and Burlington Edison High School (9-12) where he created life-long friendships, starting as far back as kindergarten. Rob was married to Lori (Czerski) Blackwell from 1988 to 1999 and together they had an amazing son Kramer who was well known and loved by countless members of the community. Sadly, Kramer was taken from us in 2011.Rob made a lasting impression on many people throughout his life. This fact was made apparent by the amount of love and support he received from friends and former classmates while he was hospitalized over the summer. His spirits were always buoyed by their well wishes and visits, and he was eternally grateful to them.Robbie D was passionate about art in many different forms. He was a gifted illustrator, painter, and musician. He loved music and played in several bands over the years including Hindu Grass, Pavlov Jones, and Superchill. He seemed to always be happiest when he was performing, be it playing his guitar on stage in front of a large crowd, or just telling a funny story to a small group of friends. Rob had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. He was a natural entertainer who could, and almost always would, leave you smiling and laughing. He had a way of putting you under his spell…he was fun to be around.Rob met his girlfriend Jamie Schellert in 2010 and they were a couple until his passing. Together they ‘flipped’ houses for several years before settling down out on Samish Island. He was close with Jamie’s children Blake and Shayla, as well as her granddaughter Cheyenne. While living on the island he expanded his artistic pursuits and began making driftwood furniture.Rob was preceded in death by his son Kramer, his parents Pat and Bud Blackwell, and his sisters Shelley Wirtzfeld and Kira Young.Rob is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Mike and Saundra (Caldwell) Blackwell, nephews Jordan, Alex (wife Stephanie, son Jaxon), and Elliott Blackwell. He is also survived by his sister Kira’s children Mary Blackwell, RJ Clement, Miranda Young, and William Young.A celebration of life ceremony will occur in the not-to-distant future. Location and time are yet to be determined. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Robert Dee Blackwell, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Oct 05, 1943 - Feb 13, 2024
Frances Strazicich, 80, of Anacortes, was called home to God on February 13, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. A full obituary is in the works and will be uploaded soon. In the meantime, please share memories of condolences by signing her online guest register at Evans and bookmark this direct link to her memorial site to check for further updates: www.evanschapel.com/obituary/frances-strazicich
Catherine Anne Weygandt
Mar 27, 1960 - Feb 13, 2024
FUNERAL SERVICE NOTICECatherine Anne "Cathy" Weygandt, 63, of Anacortes, WA, was called home to God early on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, with her loving husband, Jim, and her girls by her side. She was born on March 27, 1960, in Castro Valley, CA, the daughter of Edward O'Connell and Bertha (George) Walsh.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes at 11 am on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, with Viewing and Rosary preceding Mass at 10:30 am. A reception will follow immediately after at the Father Auer Center. Cathy will be laid to rest at Fernhill Cemetery at 2 pm. A full obituary will be available at the Evans Funeral Chapel website: www.evanschapel.com/obituary/cathy-weygandt. Please check back for updates. In the meantime, feel free to share memories or condolences by signing her online guestbook at Evans.
William D. Zirbel
Jun 22, 1934 - Jan 16, 2024
William D. Zirbel, better known as Bill or "Zip" to his friends, was born in 1934 in Lewiston, Idaho. His father developed Zirbel Truck Lines, building on the Star Dray and Transport company started by Bill's great-grandfather, and grew the business from wagons to a fleet of trucks. It would have been natural for him to continue in the family trucking business, but life doesn't work out how you might expect... After graduating valedictorian from Lewiston Senior High, Bill attended the University of Washington on a Navy ROTC scholarship, and his life took a different turn. At the university, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and he applied his gymnastic and unicycle abilities to become the UW yell king for three years. The Associated Men Students selected him as an Outstanding Senior for his scholarship and activities, but he maintained that the unparalleled highlight of his college years was meeting Marcia June Brislawn of Seattle, WA. After graduation in 1956, he and Marcia married, honeymooning enroute to Pensacola, FL, where Bill would attend Navy flight training. Traveling was to be a defining characteristic of their rich life and beautiful love story thereafter. Zip's first aircraft carrier experience was to be assigned to VF-33, flying the F-11 in the Mediterranean. Upon completing his required service, he returned to Lewiston to work in Zirbel Truck Lines.Bill joined the Naval Reserves and flew the AD SPAD. He missed the thrill of flying and the comradery of Navy life, so he volunteered to return to the Navy, where he was assigned as a fighter tactics instructor. As a flight instructor, Zip was infamous at happy hour for riding his unicycle off the high board and for betting that he could do backflips without spilling a drop of his martini. Asked why he endeavored to learn to do a backflip while holding a cocktail, he replied that it would be a shame to spill a good martini. Offered the opportunity to attend the Naval Postgraduate School, Bill requested a regular commission and began studies in engineering science. In 1961, he was selected for the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards AFB. After graduation, he was the primary test pilot for the A-7E at China Lake Test Center. A shortage of pilots during the Vietnam War cut his post-graduate schooling short, and he returned to carrier aviation, flying the A-4 with VA-12 in Vietnam. He returned again to the Vietnam conflict for two more tours, flying the A-4 with VA-144 and the A-6 with VMA 224. For his Vietnam combat experiences, Zip was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and nine Air Medals. His first command was VA-95, which was an A-6 squadron based at NAS Whidbey Island. He served as navigator and then the operations officer on the USS Enterprise. After completing his studies at the Naval War College, he constantly served at sea as operations officer of Carrier Air Group One in the Pacific. His first sea command was the USS Okinawa, which was deployed to the Indian Ocean. He then served at sea as Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight in the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans. Selected to flag rank in 1982, he was Commander of Medium Attack and Electronic Warfare at Whidbey Island, WA. His last Navy assignment was as Deputy Director for C3I on the Joint Chiefs of Staff — his first assignment that did not involve flying. During this assignment in the Pentagon, Bill earned his Master's Degree in information management. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a computer and communications consultant for BDM and SAIC in the Washington, D.C., area. In this work, he traveled extensively to Europe and Japan.In 1999, Zip fully retired to a life full of foreign travel, sailing in the San Juans, maintaining a citrus farm near San Diego, and nurturing his forest lands on Fidalgo Island, WA. His hobbies included vintage autos, gardening, and dancing. He always had a zest for life and the gift of humor. On one of their many cruise ship adventures around the world, Bill's wife Marcia uncharacteristically refused to compete in a ship dancing contest, so he entered with his chair and came in second, noting his chair had shown too much leg, or he would have won first.Bill is survived by his daughter Marnie, who is an oceanographer at OSU in Corvallis, OR, her wife Jessica; children Niko and Skylar; and his son Matthew, who works for the federal government in Colorado, where he lives with his wife Stacy and their daughter Dylan; and his sister, Wendy and her extended family in Spokane, WA. At his request to be remembered for his life, there will be no funeral service. Bill will be laid to rest next to his wife at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes, WA. To share memories of Bill, please visit www.evanschapel.com/obituary/bill-zirbel.
Shannon Lee Bowerman (O’Fallon)
Feb 05, 1964 - Feb 01, 2024
Shannon Lee Bowerman (O’Fallon) passed unexpectedly but peacefully on February 1, 2024, surrounded by her family. Shannon was the first-born daughter of Thomas “Tom” Edward O’Fallon and Diane Marie O’Fallon (now Keller). Shannon was born in Huntsville, Alabama, where her father worked for the Boeing Company. Tom’s work with Boeing moved the family from Huntsville to Slidell, LA, and then to the Northwest. By the time the O’Fallon family settled on the blueberry farm in Kent, WA, three sisters had joined Shannon: Dawn, Colleen, and Heather. On the farm, Shannon enjoyed participating in 4-H with her horse “Stardust” and her sheep “Pipi”. The family later relocated to Kent, where Shannon attended Kent Meridian High School and competed on the diving team. Shannon attended Clark Community College in Vancouver, Washington, to prepare for her dental hygiene career. While in Vancouver, Shannon met and married Steven Bowerman. Shannon and Steven’s home on Pete’s Mountain in Oregon was a beautiful retreat where many happy times were spent with friends and family. Shannon and Steven later divorced, and she moved North to be closer to her family while continuing her career in dental hygiene. She moved a few more times, each time getting closer to her family, finally settling in La Conner, where she lived together with her mother and worked as a dental hygienist at the office of Dr. Fischer. Shannon cherished her friends and family. She loved music, aqua blue, early morning iced lattes, Cabo, skiing, golfing, gardening, being outside, white flowers, stylish clothes, and sparkly things. She loved animals, especially her dogs, Madison and Roxy, and the neighbor cats. Shannon had many gifts, talents, and a particularly green thumb. She created stunning gardens wherever she lived. Shannon was described by those who met her over the years as conscientious, compassionate, trustworthy, hardworking, talented, thoughtful, sweet, beautiful, humane, loving, magical, joyful, funny, and fun. Shannon is survived by her mother, Diane Keller, sisters Dawn Laird (Damon), Colleen Stewart, and Heather (Kelly) Devlin, and nieces and nephews Cameron, Ashley Laird, and Arin and Owen Stewart. She was preceded in death by her father, Tom O’Fallon. To share memories of Shannon, please visit www.evanschapel.com/obituary/Shannon-Bowerman
Robert Boutwell Ray
Dec 27, 1952 - Jan 28, 2024
Robert Boutwell Ray, known to all as “Tad,” passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024, in his home in Anacortes, WA, at 71 years old. He moved to Anacortes in September of 2022, and although he lived there at the time of his death, he was born and raised in Mississippi. Tad was born in McComb, MS, on December 27, 1952, the son of Bobby and Billie Ray. He grew up in McComb and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his sister and three brothers. Tad was given the nickname “Tadpole” by his Pop (grandfather) when he was young, and the name stuck. He spent time with his pop in the family-owned bakery, as well as with his other grandfather, who was an engineer on the railroad and, as a result, was a lover of trains and sweet treats. He was a proud Marine, enlisting in the Marines in 1970, and served for eight years until his honorable discharge in 1978. He met Nancy Williams in February 1979, and they married shortly after, on August 4, 1979. They were married for 44 years and together raised two daughters in Shubuta, MS. Tad served as a Deacon at Shubuta Baptist Church and loved his church family dearly. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding Harleys, and Saints football (he REALLY enjoyed Saints football!). Tad is survived by his wife, Nancy Williams Ray; their children and spouses, Nicole Ray Nelson (John) and Robin Ray Berg (Gustav); grandchildren Murphy and Emerson Nelson and Louise and Millie Berg; his sister Deniese Carter (Joe); and his two brothers Michael Ray (Izabel) and Bruce Ray. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bobby Ray and Billie Ray, and his brother, John Ray.Tad was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and he will be missed more than words can express.A viewing will be held at Shubuta Baptist Church on February 10, 2024, at 10 am. A funeral service will be held at Shubuta Baptist Church on February 10 at 11 am with Brother Mike Street officiating, followed by a graveside service with Marine Corp Military Honors at 12:30 pm at Shubuta Cemetery. Please join us back at Shubuta Baptist Church at 1 pm for a reception with fellowship and refreshments.Pallbearers will be Gustav Berg, John Nelson, Mike Ray, John Reeks, Ronnie Waller, and David Williams.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Palmer Nicklaus Foundation at palmernicklausfoundation.org.To share memories of Tad, please visit www.evanschapel.com/obituary/Tad-Ray
Jun 27, 1967 - Jan 25, 2024
Paul Zuhorski, a beloved husband, father, brother, son, and cherished friend, passed away on January 25, 2024, with his family lovingly by his side. He left behind a void that can never be filled.Paul was born in Farmington, MI on June 27, 1967. He is survived by his loving wife, Marianne, their daughter Francesca and son Luca; his father, Donald Zuhorski; his mother, Leona Marie (Charboneau) Beauchamp; and sisters, Mary Paul and Terry Tabaczynski; Jean Zuhorski, Janet Zuhorski and Jennifer Zuhorski Fallon.The true measure of